In collaboration with the 17th Biennial Congress of the Southern African Society for Human Genetics, this free-to-attend, 3-day course will provide an intensive introduction to bioinformatics tools freely available online, focusing primarily on the Human Genome data.

Participants will be given hands-on training in the use of public databases and web-based sequence analysis tools. All course materials will be provided and also made available on the Web. The course has a strong emphasis on applied training, and practical exercises along with interaction and discussion between participants and instructors are key features of the programme.

The course is free to attend amnd will be held at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel, Durban, South Africa, prior to the start of the Congress. Applications are also welcomed from non-Congress attendees.

Places are limited and will be awarded on merit. Please see "How to Apply" for more details.

Please note
The course is free to attend. Travel and accommodation bursaries are not available for this course. Partcipants will need to provide their own wireless-enabled laptop computer for practical sessions.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course, participants can expect to be able to:

  • Browse and query genomes, and be able to interpret how genes and other features are displayed. Download data with BioMart and Table browser, upload their own data and interpret different biotypes.
  • Identify paralogous and orthologous genes, compare genomes and identify evolutionary conserved sequences.
  • Explore and interpret ENCODE data.
  • Query protein and domain databases, interpret protein structures, perform basic homology modelling and investigate pathway databases.
  • Access non-coding RNA databases, microRNA resources and view and interpret them.
  • Query genomic variation resources, integrate variation information and view this in the context of the genome and interpret genotypes and haplotypes.
  • Explore variation and the relationship between genotype, phenotype and disease using a variety of tools and databases.
  • Evaluate Next Generation Sequencing methods and their applications.

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17th Biennial Congress of the Southern African Society for Human Genetics


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